Thursday, July 23, 2009

Three views of toil in Ecclesiastes

I have noticed three views of toil in Ecclesiastes:
  1. Folding of the hands, no toil, hands self indulged, unable to receive a gift. Ecc 4:5, 3:13.
  2. Two handfuls of toil, too much toil, grief and sleepless nights, hands full, too busy to receive a gift. Ecc 4:6, 2:23, 3:13.
  3. One handful of toil one handful of tranquillity, toil, quietness and satisfaction, a hand free to receive a gift. Ecc 4:6, 3:13.
How do we receive this gift? Jesus said:

"Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls." Matthew 11:29